Patriot Prayer six indicted on felony riot charges in Portland
Patriot Prayer leader Joey Gibson and five other men identified as being aligned with his violent-right movement have been indicted on one count each of felony riot, the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office announced late Thursday, Aug. 22.
Most if not all of the six had previously been charged with crimes stemming from a May 1 brawl outside a Northeast Portland tavern called Cider Riot! Multiple videos show them confronting and in some cases fighting with patrons of the tavern, some of whom were masked in the manner associated with violent-left, anti-fascist activists who go by the term "antifa."
Those indicted include Gibson, 35; Christopher Ponte, 37; Ian Kramer, 45; Mackenzie Lewis, 29; Matthew Cooper, 24; and Russell Schultz, 50.
The indictments were announced five days after widely covered dueling protests in downtown Portland between right and left wing demonstrators.
According to the DA's office, "under Oregon law, a person commits the crime of riot if, while participating with five or more other people, the individual engages in tumultuous and violent conduct and thereby intentionally or recklessly creates a grave risk of causing public alarm."
The district attorney's office on Aug. 12 presented the presiding judge of Multnomah County with an affidavit seeking an arrest warrant for all six men. The court reviewed this affidavit for legal sufficiency and merit and authorized the arrest warrants.
A Multnomah County grand jury, which is comprised of seven community members selected by the court, reviewed evidence in this case and made a legal finding to file the single felony riot count indictment against all six men.
The DA's office is encouraging anyone with information on the identity of any person observed in criminal behavior during confrontation to contact the Portland Police Bureau so the cases can be investigated and then sent to the DA's office for prosecution consideration. Tips should be directed to the Portland Police Bureau's Detective Division at (503) 823-0400 or submitted anonymously to Crime Stoppers of Oregon by calling 503.823.HELP (4357).
You can read a previous story on Gibson's arrest here.
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